My recent silence is due to two factors: rampant illness and a longish post that I am now working on.

From my post on puzzle solving, I identified my nemesis and mortal enemy as the Rubik’s Cube. I have since been told that it is because I am too stubborn to learn basic strategy. This is no doubt correct, since I refuse to see a game (like chess, for example) as memorizing moves and strategy. Isn’t it more fun to engage in the process of discovery? I mean, what is the point of learning how to solve a Rubik’s Cube and then applying those rules rigidly in order to solve the puzzle? Is it even solving it if beforehand you have a method that removes discovery and imagination in the process?

I mean, look at this kid. Is he having fun?

OK, so maybe a little. Punk.

Well, I would like for him to solve this one in 6 seconds:

17x17 Rubik's Cube. Good luck.

Finally, it has been shown that there is an intrinsic link between the Rubik’s Cube and some transcendent force.

God? I think not. 20 is definitely representative of a more nefarious being. Consider these statistics:

Introduction to the significance of the number 20:

The significance of the number 20 means the importance, consequence or implication of the number 20. The number 20 (Twenty) is a natural number after 19 and before 21. Let us see the various significance of the number 20 in this article.

Significance of the number 20 in mathematics

The number of rooted trees possible with 6 vertices is 20

The prime factors of 20 are 2 x 2 x 5

The number 20 is a tetrahedral number

The platonic solids Icosahedron has 20 faces and dodecohedron has 20 vertices.

The number 20 can be partitioned in 627 ways.

The number 20 is an abundant number.

A group of 20 units is called a score.

The number 20 can be written as a sum of three fibanocci numbers 3,5 and 12.

The number 20 is the base or radix of the vigesimal number system.

See what I mean?!? And for the final piece of evidence that the Rubik’s Cube is a source of pure evil, here is a picture of the “creator” (I use the term with full pun intended), Mr. Rubik. Can you see the horns?

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